“Let me be clear I have no ulterior motives”, Chaffetz wrote on Facebook.
But, of course, he does.
Chaffetz said he will return to work in the private sector despite saying he is “confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins”.
He stated that his mantra has always been, ‘get in, serve, and get out, ‘ and that’s what he was doing, though wouldn’t take off the table a future political run.
“I’m not going to be here forever”. Utah’s gubernatorial election is held in 2020, and Chaffetz told The Atlantic last month in a somewhat joking fashion that he will “definitely maybe” run for governor.
After Chaffetz made his announcement, a source close to McMullin told Independent Journal Review that McMullin is “considering running in 2018″ but still hasn’t made a decision on how he will proceed.
Here’s what we know then: Chaffetz never viewed himself as a House lifer. “Wish him the best”. Chaffetz proudly refused to use campaign funds to feed state delegates, as is traditional in the process of currying favor. Washington – and all the politicians who occupy it – are viewed with suspicion (and that’s being nice) by the Republican base. And, by leaving his representative post early, it gives him some time to step away from the public eye. At the time, 2nd District Rep. Chris Stewart was reportedly a contender for secretary of the Air Force under President Donald Trump. His experience in Congress obviously opens up numerous job possibilities, though they may be slightly limited if he intends to return to his home state of Utah.
An official spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee pushed a conspiracy theory that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) decided not to run for reelection in 2018 because he is being blackmailed by Russian Federation.
Chaffetz, 50, was first elected to the House in 2008 and became oversight chairman in 2015.
While the natural temptation and easy click bait for some websites are to blame the Russian Federation scandal for his decision, the political reality is that Chaffetz is likely leaving because he thinks Republicans have a good chance of losing the House in 2018, and he doesn’t want to serve in the House minority.
Chaffetz worked in private industry as a corporate communications specialist before opening his own communications firm before he entered the world of politics.